Birdhouse Gourd: First Snow


Okay, not really snow per se, but the birdhouse gourd flower is snow-white. I’m sure the seed packet said something about white flowers, but I’ve been so focused on the gourds to come, that it took me by surprise. I just assumed it would flower yellow, like the pumpkins, zucchini and other members of the squash family.

Not all the garden surprises have been good this past week, but this one’s a gem. I love the delicate petals and the beautiful contrast to the plants green arrow-head leaves. I’ll be keeping a close watch over the next two weeks for signs of emerging gourds.

Have you found any surprises in your garden this week? Please share in the comments below.

White Birdhouse Gourd Flower

Flowering Gourd


14 thoughts on “Birdhouse Gourd: First Snow

  1. I have had a surprise in every pot of flowers and under every shrub….namely slugs and snails. Due to the continuous rain here for weeks they are breeding out of control and I have to go on slug patrol every evening after work – any suggestions for protecting my plants?


    • Not the surprise you were looking for, was it? For your pots, the solution is fairly easy. After you hand-pick the snails, wrap the pots in copper tape. They won’t cross the copper barrier. For the shrubs, surround them with course coffee grounds or diatomaceous earth. They also act as barriers. Neither solution is toxic so it’s a win-win for you and the environment. Good luck!


  2. Garden surprise? My last blueberry bush keeps giving, and giving the most wonderful ripe berries… I finally took the net off – the birds are leaving it alone – so that is my nice surprise:)


    • Sue, that is a great surprise! The birds are leaving our strawberries alone too. I don’t know how we got so lucky.

      Blueberries are so good for us. Lucky you to be growing such a prolific shrub. We had lovely raspberries, but not a single berry on the blueberry bush. I don’t know why.


  3. Catchy title, you caught me thinking “snow? HA. Even though I’m not ‘gardening’ right now I just love reading all your posts so much. You always have such good advice for your visitors. I’m a wee bit envious of everyone, all working hard in their yards. It’s like a little garden tour from my sofa.


  4. I love the flower, it’s so delicate looking. No real surprises in our garden although along one of the edges where all the building rubble sits (we still need to move it all) there are elderberry trees and I happened to wander past it yesterday and noticed that the berries are ready for picking, so that was a nice treat.


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